Date: Thursday 16th November 2023 to Saturday 16th December 2023
Time: 09.00 to 23.30
UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of the struggle for equality and human rights.
This Autumn 2023 UKDHM focusses on the Experience of Disablement amongst children and young people in the past, now and what is needed for the future. UKDHM comes from a Social Model/Human Rights approach, so that all children and young people with long term impairment will not experience the social exclusion of stigma, stereotypes, negative attitudes and socially created barriers in the environment and the way things are organised.
UKDHM 2023 provides an opportunity for all councils, service providers, education establishments, youth, play and sports organisations, health providers and employers to examine their approaches to disabled children and youth. Those in the media, publishing and image making can challenge the way they have portrayed disabled people in the past and create inclusive and non-stereotypical ways forward, in conjunction with disabled young people.
From a history of neglect, harsh punishment, segregation, bullying and ignorance we must learn to challenge our prejudices and discriminatory practices. The way disabled children and young people have been and are treated is an indicator of how inclusive and rights respecting we are as a community and society.
Impairment is a natural part of human existence, but societal responses have varied across cultures and time. Disabled people including children have often been falsely blamed and scapegoated for society’s ills. If one grows up on the receiving end of negativity, then one often internalises that negativity.
Most important in bringing about positive change is how we think about impairment and disablement.
Date: Saturday 02nd December 2023 to Monday 04th December 2023
Time: 09.00 to 10.00
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an annual event to celebrate people with disabilities.
The World Health Organisation estimates that more than one billion people - about 15% of the world's population - experience some form of disability.
The day aims to spread awareness and understanding of disabilities that might not be immediately visible, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue and learning disabilities.
The international Day for Disabilities was first proclaimed in 1992 and aims to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that more than 1 billion people, which is about 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability/impairment in their life. This day is for celebrating and for spreading important awareness on disabilities. Especially with the effect of the pandemic, this year is all the more important to raise awareness on disabilities.
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